Can you believe it’s Spring already? Easter is approaching fast and so is one of the most anticipated and widely celebrated religious holiday seasons for Mexicans after the New Year. For most residents, celebrations of Easter in Mexico is a combination of Semana Santa, Holy Week, which lasts from Palm Sunday to Easter Sunday, and Easter week or Semana de Pascua, which lasts from Resurrection Sunday until the following Saturday. During these two weeks schools have holidays and many people go on their Spring vacations. And while I love vacations, I am always impressed by the traditions and celebrations that follow a holiday in Mexico.
Traditional Easter celebrations in Mexico don’t include the Easter bunny, Easter eggs or even hunt. Instead, they are a fusion of Christian rituals and native indigenous traditions. Back in the days of colonization, as a part of their effort to convert native peoples to Christianity, the Christian missionaries allowed indigenous people to blend their customs with Easter rites. Many of these indigenous customs still appear in passion plays today.
If you are spending Easter in Mexico, I recommend you to attend a procession or a passion play, where you will see the story of Christ interwoven with traditional Aztec dances and other elements. And if you are in Ixtapa Zihuatanejo or Guerrero state during Easter, I recommend you to visit Petatlán, a small neighbor town, which holds a popular annual fair to celebrate Easter Week.
There are many other Easter traditions and celebrations in Mexico, but too many to describe them all in this post! When you visit Capella Ixtapa, my colleagues and I will be happy to share more of the traditions with you, and you will be able to experience a taste of Easter gastronomic traditions through the special Easter menu prepared by our chefs.
I wish you happy Easter celebrations, and look forward to sharing them with you at Capella Ixtapa. And remember – like all holidays in Mexico, Easter is much more than just a religious holiday. It is also a festive occasion when people get together to socialize and celebrate.
Photo: Palm Sunday procession via Regnum Christi